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Richard Thompson (footballer)




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Richard John Thompson (born 11 April 1969 in Hawkesbury) is an English former professional footballer. He played professionally for Newport County and Torquay United and has been manager of Yate Town since 2000.

Thompson was on schoolboy forms with Watford and played for Yate Town before joining Newport County in January 1987. He scored on his Newport debut in October 1987, but was transfer-listed shortly afterwards due to Newport's growing financial crisis.

Newport were relegated at the end of the season, and would fold before the end of their first season in the Conference. Thompson left to join Torquay United in June 1988 and made his Torquay debut in the first game of the following season, playing as a substitute for Jim McNichol in the 2-0 defeat at home to Halifax Town. His next appearance came on October 25, 2007, starting in the goalless draw away to Darlington. He started the next four games before losing his place again and appeared only sporadically thereafter. He joined Yeovil Town on loan and moved to Yeovil in August 1989 after being released by Torquay.

Thompson subsequently played for Trowbridge Town, Salisbury City, Yate Town, Forest Green Rovers, Mangotsfield United, Taunton Town and Tiverton Town before returning to Taunton Town with whom he won an FA Vase winners' medal.

In July 2000, Thompson was appointed as manager of Yate Town and has since led the side to two promotions. In May 2007 he was linked with the vacant manager's post at Mangotsfield United, but remains with Yate Town.

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